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What if your best friend is also your biggest rival?
Here is the Japanese version.

2007-2008 Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award nominee

On the Master List for the William Allen White Children's Book Awards

A Junior Library Guild Selection

Gate City Award Nominee

On the Maryland State List

Excerpt included in Houghton Mifflin Textbook


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"Mina has never been into sports--that's her
friend Ruth's thing. So when Mina finds out she can run
and loves it, it takes her by surprise. Then she finds
herself choosing between Ruth and winning the 50
meter race when Coach pits them against each other." Book Links

“Marsden offers a close look at the give-and-take of friendships, a sensitive portrayal of two young athletes and an ethical dilemma…With its combination of cozy and prickly elements, this chapter book makes for accessible and rewarding reading.” Booklist

“A simple, focused tale that packs a quiet punch.” Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

When my older daughter, Maleeka, was in fifth grade she went to a new school that had a track team. She found she could run fast. Unfortunately, her new friend prided herself in her athletic abilities. Maleeka had to decide whether to slow down and keep her friendship, or to run fast and lose the friendship. As I watched the conflict unfold, I had my pen and paper ready to take notes!